Book Review, Non-fiction Books

The International Day of the Girl by Jessica Dee Humphreys & the Hon. Rona Ambrose, illustrated by Simone Shin

In 2012, the United Nations dedicated a day to promoting gender equality and championing the rights and achievements of girls everywhere. Each year, the 11th October is a day to give voice to the issues affecting girls in their communities.

Girls are strong, smart, creative and brave. They are inventive, talented, caring and funny. They dream and have ambitions for an exciting, safe future. Unfortunately, all over the world, some girls are not able to show how much they are capable of. There are barriers that prevent them from reaching their potential.

International Day of the Girl is a collection of nine stories highlighting some of the issues girls face.

Flora lives in Brazil. She learns Capoeira, a type of self-defence, so she can protect herself when walking alone at night. Violence towards women and girls in Brazil is a real risk she encounters every day.

In Afghanistan, Hana is grateful that she is able to attend school. For many years, girls in her country were not permitted to attend school and learn to read.   Now she can pursue her dream of becoming a teacher and help other girls reach their goals.

Each story provides a real, personable example of what life is like in one part of the world. There are clear explanations about what girls can do to improve their lives and also what men and boys need to do to change things for the better. The book ends with a brief history of the UN and further information about the issues addressed. The colourful, engaging illustrations by Simone Shin are absolutely lovely, highlighting growth and building each other up in a global community.

Through this collection, children are encouraged to “Be the world’s gardeners” and create communities where everyone can grow.

Thank you to NetGalley and Kids Can Press for this beautiful, inspirational book!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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